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Published:March 5th, 2008 11:00 EST
John McCain wins Bush endorsement

John McCain wins Bush endorsement

By SOP newswire

President Bush has endorsed Republican Senator John McCain for president, following McCain`s remarkable comeback from a faltering campaign to clinch his party`s nomination.

Mr. Bush hosted McCain at the White House Wednesday, one day after the veteran Arizona lawmaker swept four nominating races and won enough delegates to secure the party`s nomination.  Several months ago, McCain`s campaign was nearly bankrupt, with his poll numbers dropping.

The president said McCain - who was a rival to Mr. Bush in the 2000 presidential race - showed incredible courage, strength of character and perseverance to get to this moment.  He said those traits are exactly what are needed in a president.

For the Democrats, Senator Hillary Clinton revived her campaign with wins Tuesday in the delegate-rich states of Ohio and Texas, halting the 12-contest winning streak of rival Senator Barack Obama.  She also won in Rhode Island, while Obama placed first in Vermont.

Clinton told supporters in Columbus, Ohio, that her fight for the Democratic Party nomination is going strong.  She noted that no candidate in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the White House without winning Ohio.

Obama told his supporters in San Antonio, Texas, that he expects to be the Democratic Party nominee.  He still leads Clinton in the number of delegates needed to secure their party`s nomination.

McCain beat rival Mike Huckabee in the Republican contests in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island, prompting the former Arkansas governor to drop out and endorse McCain.

For the Democrats, the next large battleground state is Pennsylvania, which holds its primary April 22.  The Democratic and Republican nominees face each other in the November general election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.